Written by Chelly Harada
The Wolf Point Speech and Drama team at divisionals in Plentywood. Pictured are (front row, from left to right): Devin Northington, SOI, third place; Jaki Harada, Pantomime, sixth place; coach Chelly Harada; (back row) Jhett Tiernan, Jacob Boysun, Haron Eymard. (Submitted photo)
The Wolf Pack competed in the 2015 Eastern B/C Divisional Speech and Drama Tournament in Plentywood, Saturday, Jan. 24.
All events were held at Plentywood schools. Competition comprised of 14 Class B/C schools. All MHSA rules for Class B/C were followed.
Competing in Serious Oral Interpretation were Haron Eymard and Devin Northington. In the preliminary rounds, Eymard scored fourth, fourth and third, for a score of 11. Despite her strong performance of “Candy Corn” by Crystal Boson and “Less” by Michael Koenig, she did not qualify for finals. Eymard missed making finals by one point. The competition was intense with the cutoff for finals being 10 points.
Northington chilled his audiences with a rendition of “Sociopathic Tendencies.” He scored third, first and second, for a score of 6, qualifying him for finals. In the final round, Northington scored first, second and seventh, for a final score of 16. Northington took third place, missing the second place medal by 3 points.
Competing in Humorous Oral Interpretation was Jacob Boysun. In the preliminary rounds, Boysun entertained the room with his rather hilarious interpretation of “The Talent Show” by Lavinia Roberts. He scored fifth, second and third, for a score of 10. Boysun missed making finals by one point. The competition was quite close with the cutoff for finals being 9 points.
In Humorous Solo, senior Jhett Tiernan was quite funny with his piece “The Team Roast.” In the preliminary rounds, he scored fifth, fifth and fifth, for a score of 15. Unfortunately, Tiernan did not qualify for finals.
In the Pantomime preliminary rounds, freshman Jaki Harada dominated the first two rounds by scoring first and first. In the third round she scored 7, for a score of 9, qualifying her for finals. In the final round, competition heated up for Harada. She scored fifth, sixth and seventh, for a final score of 27. Harada took sixth place.
For Class B Speech Sweeps, Forsyth took third, Huntley Project second, with Shepherd taking first. For Class B Drama Sweeps, Huntley Project took third, Colstrip second, with Baker taking first.
Coach Chelly Harada said, “I am proud of this year’s Wolf Pack. It was heart breaking when three of the wolves didn’t make finals. Only the top six from divisionals qualify for state. Northington and Harada will be migrating to the state tournament in Ennis this weekend. Northington will be facing some tough competition. He has become a force to be reckoned with. SOI has always been a highly competitive event. I know Northington will step up to the challenge.
Harada has surprised the drama world this year. As a freshman, making it to state is quite an accomplishment. She has definitely made a name for herself. All mimes will be stepping it up at state. As for next year, the Wolf Pack will be marking their territory. Go Wolves.”
Written by Herald-News
Judge David Cybulski heard several cases during a four-hour long Law and Motion proceeding in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Christopher Steven Baumann, 36, of Medicine Lake withdrew several not guilty pleas he had entered in August 2013 and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, second offense and driving while privilege is suspended, both misdemeanors. Other charges are dismissed under a plea agreement.
Baumann received a minimum sentence and time served for the entire sentence.
Seventeen months prior, Baumann pleaded not guilty to felony criminal endangerment, driving under the influence, third offense, violation in a construction zone, driving while suspended or revoked and unlawful possession of open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.
Baumann admitted in court that he drove under the influence and was without a valid driver’s license at the time of his arrest in July 2013.
A Montana Highway Patrol trooper arrested Baumann after a traffic stop in a construction zone on U.S. Hwy. 2 near mile marker 642. A child was present in the pickup truck Baumann was driving. A North Dakota driver’s license was under suspension.
Daniel Amos Bridges, 38, of Wolf Point was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.
He was also appearing on a petition to revoke a bail for charges filed in October 2013. He is alleged to have violated conditions of house arrest.
According to charging documents, Bridges was arrested in Poplar December, 2014, after attempting to elude Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officers.
Charging documents also state that two attempts to stop a fleeing Bridges with tasers used by a tribal officer and another by a deputy had no effect. He was taken into custody by a deputy.
Bridges is accused of felony forgery by common scheme in that case. He is alleged to have forged checks on two accounts in his mother’s name. The value of the checks cashed at businesses in Wolf Point is $2,227.
Bridges is scheduled for trial April 16 for both cases.
Dale Andrew Cooper, 38, of Bremerton, Wash., and recently of Wolf Point, appeared on a petition to revoke a deferred imposition of sentence. Sentencing was continued until Wednesday, Jan. 28, because his probation officer was not available to testify.
Judge David Cybulski found Cooper guilty of the three charges in July 2014, after he pleaded guilty, to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. A state charge of carrying a dangerous drug on a train was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Cybulski sentenced him to a five-year deferred sentence under the supervision of the Montana Department of Corrections. Cooper was ordered to begin his deferred sentence with probation in Montana with the possibility that it could be transferred to Washington at a later date.
Wolf Point police took Cooper into custody, June 6, 2014, at Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus after he had been transported by ambulance and treated at the hospital.
Police reported that they were called to the Wolf Point Amtrak depot along with emergency medical personnel for an unconscious male onboard an eastbound train.
Kyle Travis Crusch, 50, of Bainville withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony criminal endangerment.
He previously pleaded not guilty to assault with a weapon, intimidation, felony criminal endangerment and disorderly conduct.
Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers said the incident began with a bar fight July 28, 2014, and that a complainant said Crusch had a shotgun outside a bar.
Crusch testified that the incident started inside a bar and that two men confronted him at his vehicle where he said he felt that he was in danger. He admitted having the shotgun and being under the influence of alcohol.
Melissa Lynn Gould, 34, of Minot, N.D. was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
A trial is scheduled for April 16.
Stuart Hamman, 26, of Pensacola, Fla., being held for contempt of court, appeared on a petition to revoke a deferred imposition of sentence from a 2011 conviction for forgery and theft.
Hamman admitted violations in court that included that he used alcohol on two occasions, used methamphetamine on two occasions, did not pay fines or restitution, had telephone and personal contact with a person he was ordered not to have contact with.
Cybulski found him in violation. A disposition is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28.
Tina Lee Houim, 50, of Tioga, N.D., withdrew previously entered guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence - first offense.
The drug found in her possession was identified in court as methamphetamine.
Cybulski found her guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation report.
Christopher Lee Hovey 25, of Lansing, Mich., charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs appeared for an arraignment, which was continued until Wednesday, Jan. 28, because he said he has never spoken to the public defender assigned to his case.
Hovey is on parole in North Dakota.
Jason Jackson Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
The drug was identified in court as methamphetamine.
A pre-sentencing investigation and report was ordered.
Delynn Ray Richards, 48, of Sidney and Idaho Falls, Idaho, charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia appeared for an arraignment.
Cybulski agreed to release on own recognizance allowing Richards to return to work.
The arraignment is continued until Wednesday, Jan. 28, when pleas will be entered.
Written by Herald-News
(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between Jan. 19 and 25. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
10:19 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 100 block of Edgar Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a broken window, with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
2:31 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of shoplifting with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
11:33 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 900 block of Fifth Avenue South for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
2:51 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue North for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a broken window, with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
4:20 p.m., the animal control officer cited Edward Hennessy, 62, of Wolf Point for dog-at-large.
2:10 p.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Custer Street for a report of an assault. The suspect left prior to police arrival. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
7:15 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of an assault. The suspect left prior to police arrival. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
10:18 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of shoplifting and cited Cody Spaur, 26, of Wolf Point for theft.
9:46 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue North for a report of a burglary with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
2:57 p.m., officers responded to Northside School for a report of an assault and cited a 10-year-old boy for simple assault.
3:26 p.m., the animal control officer cited Sofia Klar, 24, of Wolf Point for dog-at-large.
12:21 a.m., officers responded to a residence on the 500 block of Dayton Street for a report of a male causing a disturbance and cited George Rider-Flynn, 23, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
9:54 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of shoplifting. The item was returned and no further action was taken.
4:50 a.m., firefighters responded to west end housing for two trashcans on fire and a jar of kerosene burning on a street.
10:29 a.m., officers responded to Homestead Inn for a report of a disturbance and arrested Richard Deleon, 44, of Poplar for domestic abuse.
2:23 a.m., an officer observed a broken window on a business on the 200 block of Anaconda Street. The investigation continued at press time.
11:16 a.m., officers responded to The Herald-News on the 400 block of Main Street for a report of a burglary with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continued at press time.
4:21 p.m., officers responded to Lucky Lil’s Casino for a report of an intoxicated male causing a disturbance and arrested Elvis Follet Jr., 35, of Wolf Point for criminal trespass.
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between. Jan. 19 and 25: domestic disturbance, three; public assistance, 17; removal of unwanted individuals, five; medical assistance, two; alarm, five; assist other agency, one; unfounded reports, six; driving complaints, five; and school requested assistance, one.
Written by John Plestina
With the Wolf Point ALCO store slated to close in the near future, rumors have been circulating that Shopko will move into the 25,000-square-foot building on U.S. Hwy. 2 on the east edge of Wolf Point.
Attempts to reach Shopko for comment were unsuccessful. The Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture would not confirm that Shopko is taking over the ALCO building, but an online search for employment ads on Indeed.com and several other sites found several postings for management, customer service and retail positions with Shopko in Wolf Point, all posted within the past week.
The fate of the Wolf Point ALCO store has been uncertain since its parent company, the Coppell, Texas-headquartered ALCO Stores, Inc., announced Oct. 12. 2014, that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Just under six weeks later, all 198 ALCO stores in 23 states began a liquidation sale. A date of closure of the store in Wolf Point was never made public.
Rumors have circulated for more than three months of possible buyers or renters for the site. ALCO does not own the building. At least three major retailers, including Shopko, have shown an interest in the site. Also, three local businesses looked at the possibility of moving into the building.
Shopko, with a store in Glasgow, is a chain of retail stores based in Ashwaubenon, Wisc., with a 53-year history. Shopko acquired the former Pamida chain in 2012, which allowed for the expansion into Glasgow.
For now, the four ALCO stores in Montana remain open. Besides the Wolf Point location, there are ALCOs in Cut Bank, Dillon and Sidney. The next nearest location is Watford City, N.D. There are about 3,000 employees nationwide. The company operates a distribution center in Abilene, Kan.
ALCO began in 1901 as Duckwall, a chain of five and dime stores in Kansas. The company expanded into discount retail when it founded the ALCO chain 46 years ago.
Written by John Plestina
Rachel’s Challenge presenter Peter DeAnello of Virginia addresses educators and school counselors from several schools at Frontier Elementary School Monday, Jan. 19. (Photo by John Plestina)
Bullying is not cool and is unacceptable behavior in schools was the main message when Frontier Elementary School hosted counselors, principals and teachers from Wolf Point, Frontier and several other schools throughout eastern Montana for a Rachel’s Challenge workshop Monday, Jan. 19.
Rachel’s Challenge is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe, connected school environments and helping children make better choices. It is named in memory of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School [Colorado] shooting spree that left several students dead in 1999, and is in part based on Scott’s writings. She was shot outside the school before other Columbine victims were shot.
Recognizing what is and what is not bullying was discussed by guest speaker Peter DeAnello of Virginia. He was an educator in Colorado for 18 years. He did not teach at Columbine but said he knows the principal of that school at the time of the shooting incident. DeAnello today lives in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.
DeAnello talked about kindness and compassion, and relationships. Also, addressed were issues related to bullying with new students in schools, special needs students and any students being picked on.
He presented about when intervention is needed and resolving conflicts. Included was a discussion about addressing single acts against another, nastiness, meanness, aggression and teasing. How bystanders react when they witness bullying.
Students feeling they are cared about and making a difference in someone else’s life were also talked about.
The workshop taught teachers and counselors intervention methods and strategies to empower children to avoid becoming targets of bullying and to redirect and change bullying behaviors.
Frontier and several other area schools hosted student presentations for the Rachel’s Challenge program Tuesday, Jan. 20.
The Frontier School board voted to participate in the Rachel’s Challenge program Monday, Dec. 8.